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Magical... a cinematic love letter dedicated to a beloved woman, one that all who adore their grandparents wish they could have had the chance to write -E. Nina Rothe, The Huffington Post


Teta, Alf Marra

Grandma, a Thousand Times
Lebanon/Qatar/United Arab Emirates 2010 / 48min. / Arabic with English subtitles.
Director Mahmoud Kaabour. Producers Eva Sayre, Mahmoud Kaabour.

This poetic film puts Teta Fatima, a feisty Beiruti grandmother, in the spotlight to commemorate her many worlds before they are erased by the passage of time and her eventual death.

With great intimacy, director Mahmoud Kaabour documents his grandmother (Teta), the larger-thanlife character as she struggles to cope with the silence of her once-buzzing house and imagines what awaits her beyond death.

The features of her beloved violinist husband (deceased 20 years) manifest through the face of Kaabour, their filmmaker grandson, while his previously unpublished violin improvisations weave through her world and that of the film. It brings together grandfather, grandmother and grandson in a magic-realist documentary that aims to defy a past death and a future one.

Director Mahmoud Kaabour’s Teta is our Teta and all our Tetas.


Teta, Alf Marra / Grandma, a Thousand Times Trailer

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Festivals and Awards

  • London IDFF 2011
  • Tribeca FF 2011
  • Rotterdam IFF 2011
  • Doha Tribeca FF 2010

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Screening in Auckland

Tue 1 May
Time Venue/Notes Book Tickets
12:45pm Event Cinemas NewmarketBook 
Sat 5 May
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1pm Event Cinemas NewmarketBook 
Sat 12 May
Time Venue/Notes Book Tickets
3:30pm Event Cinemas NewmarketBook 

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